Veterans & Pensioners
Who is eligible for a Voucher?
The Office of Hearing Services issues hearing service vouchers to eligible people. To be eligible you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident 21 years of age or older and hold a:
Following people are also eligible:Dependants of a person in one of the above categories Members of the Australian Defence Forces Clients of the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service (CRS) Australia.
The Hearing Services Voucher
Your Hearing Services Voucher entitles you to obtain, free of charge:
In addition you may obtain maintenance for your hearing aid(s) and devices and a regular supply of batteries on payment of an annual service charge. Most Veterans will not be required to pay the annual maintenance fee although some exceptions may exits. You will also receive advice on how to make the best possible use of your aid(s), and how to manage your hearing loss.
‘Top -Up’ aids
Although your hearing services voucher entitles you to free hearing devices(s) if this is clinically necessary, you may choose to pay a contribution yourself in order to be fitted with an approved aid that is not on the free list.
Hearing aids available under these ‘Top-Up’ arrangements have additional features beyond those needed to provide a satisfactory rehabilitation outcome for your assessed needs. Your hearing services provider will be able to explain to you the benefits you might expect from the additional features that are available.
How to apply
You can obtain an application form from:
Application Form for Hearing Services Voucher: http://www.health.gov.au/hear
Hearing Aid Specialists can assist you in applying for your voucher if you are unsure what needs to be done.
Choosing your service provider
A directory listing the names and addresses of contracted hearing service providers will be sent to you at the same time as your Hearing Services Voucher, you are free to choose any of these providers
Please remember to take your Hearing Services Voucher with you when you visit your hearing services practitioner.
Further Information regarding the Office of Hearing Services Voucher System can be obtained by following the link: http://www.health.gov.au/hear